On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the US Treasury Department sanctioned the head of Russia’s Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov under the country’s Magnitsky Act for alleged human rights violations.
Kadyrov’s response: in a short video response, Kadyrov said he felt highly distinguished for having received “so many merits from America.” He also went on to say the following:
Poor Americans! One small but proud Chechen Republic haunts an entire nation…But the US shouldn’t worry because I have not yet been ordered to step on their soil.
They know the history of the Chechen people, and of how Movlid Visaitov reached Elbe River on his horse (he was the first to radio-contact, meet, and shake hands with American forces during World War II), and received the Legion of Merit from US President (Harry S. Truman).
Adopted by the US Congress in December 2012, the Magnitsky Act allows the United States to withhold visas and freeze financial assets of Russian individuals and companies over alleged human rights violations. The law is named after Sergey Magnitsky, a Russian auditor who died in a pre-trial detention center while under investigation for major tax fraud.